Sierra Leone:-Toughest Place to be a Fisherman?
For centuries, the fertile fishing grounds off Sierra Leone have provided a living for coastal villagers, but unwelcome intruders are now threatening their way of life. Has it become the toughest place to be a fisherman?
Each morning, Ishmael Kain and his cousin Kaba Kain push their canoe from the sandy beach of their tiny fishing village out towards the open sea.
Together they furiously paddle the canoe, called a kru, out through the fast-moving breakers – often rising up to four metres high – which form a daunting obstacle on the path to the best fishing grounds.
These coral blue waters are home to large catfish, barracuda and sea bream. In the past they yielded enough fish to feed the village of around 100 people and a small surplus to sell.
But not any more. Now the villagers’ way of life hangs in the balance.